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28 February 2015

We Ate | Bill's Restaurant

So Last Saturday me and the Mr ventured out to do something very very exciting! We went shopping for our wedding rings! I'm glad to say it was such a success.

We decided that it was high time we celebrated such a successful Fete, and the only way to do this? With food of course!

I've heard so much about Bill's through the blogging community, and when I saw one local to me I thought why not check it out for myself. Let's say we were not disappointed!

When we first entered we were amazed at the setting, steel tubes, rustic tables, candles and little metal pots. I loved it instantly. The walls were lined with little jam jars of sweets and sauces. There were little chalk board signs hanging up around the place with information of the food on. What I loved even more were the little dinky salt and pepper pots, I have told the Mr that we need some of these for our own house.

We were taken to our table and given the menu's to muse over, there was so much choice it was hard to pick! We decided to order drinks first which I have to admit was just as taxing, there were so many choices of smoothies, champagne and quirky lemonades. We both decided upon the Pink Lemonade Ice Cream Float. Yes you heard right, it may as well have been a desert rather than a drink but I can confirm it was an excellent choice.

It arrived bubbles galore. After fighting through the vanilla froth you are hit with a lively sweet pink lemonade, followed by a kick of the thick ice cream. Like heaven in a glass, it was divine. You even got a fresh strawberry on the side.

For mains the Mr went for the obvious, a burger, A succulent Hamburger with Monterrey Jack cheese. In his own words it was delicious!

We loved how it came served on a wooden board, with a separate little pot for the sides. I opted for something that may sound very ordinary, a Cod Fish Finger Sandwich, but it was so good, and much more luxurious than what you would knock up at home!

The bread was lightly toasted to give it just the right amount of crunch without being dry. The fish tasted fresh and very moist, with a good helping of tomato sauce. Yum. It's safe to say that we were both very satisfied customers and the service was excellent and quick which is always fabulous.

We sat and chatted for a while before heading off to the rest of our day. Bill's also do breakfast served until 1pm on Saturdays which I definitely want to try- bring me the pancakes!

25 February 2015

Bridal Blabber | How To Choose Your Wedding Venue

(our venue!)

Choosing your wedding venue is just as hard as choosing your dress. You want something that suits your theme, you as a couple but also be practical and affordable. Sounds simple enough, but believe me, it's not. We Uhm'd and Ahh'd the whole two years we've been engaged over where exactly we want our wedding to be, before we stumbled on this beautiful local venue.

Now I'm no wedding expert, but I thought I would share some tips on how to choose your perfect venue from my own personal experience.

1. Set yourself a budget. In this budget consider food, drink, décor and flowers. The bigger the space the more décor needed.

2. Prepare a rough guest list, this will help you determine the size of the venue. Too big and the room will look empty, Too small and your guests not be able to move!

3. Think about your theme, are you looking at a shabby chic summer affair? a lovely rustic barn would suit that well. Or are you after a black tie ball, think boutique hotels for this. There is a venue to suit all themes.

4. Think about the season your getting married, if your having a high summer wedding then outside space is important for your guests to be able to cool down. Maybe your after a winter wonderland wedding, then inside space is important as your guests are unlikely to want to be stuck out in the cold!

5. Write a list of entertainment you want and ensure you ask the venue if they can host this. Some venues have noise restrictions and therefore live bands are a no, no. Others may not be able to have fireworks, is this something you wanted to have on your day? Make sure the venue suits the type of day you want to have and can accommodate your entertainment plans.

6. Finally, choose a venue that suits you. After all it is your special day. Ignore everyone else's view's on your venue, as there is a high chance you will have a multitude of opinions thrown at you, and go for what you want.

Hope you found this post helpful, it's something we have definitely followed when looking for our own venue.

23 February 2015

Homeware Haul

Some of you may have read that me and the Mr are planning on buying our first home soon, therefore I have been going a little crazy in the home sections of every shop.

I have in mind a modern take on shabby chic for the décor. Lots of white, silver, grey's etc. So you can see that theme emerging from some of the things that we have been purchasing.

Vase- Home Bargains
Candle- Primark
Photo Frame- Asda

Another thing you may notice is a lot of glass wear, we have been buying lots of glass pieces as they create the illusion of not taking up much space. As well as creating lots of clean lines to a space.

Glass cups- John Lewis
Grey Throw- Primark
We decided to splash out on some fancy glasses for those cheeky coffees on a Sunday morning, John Lewis have some excellent quality products and we were spoilt for choice!
This Primark Throw is lovely and soft and it is going to have pride place on our bed, the silver and grey theme will run throughout most of the house, with the odd pop of colour here and there.

Shabby Chic Love Clock - Poundstrecher
Mug - Home Bargains
LSA Frosted Glasses- John Lewis
I adore this clock, this was very much a me purchase and not the Mr!  But I just love the idea of having this either on a mantle piece or window sill. I love the white wood effect and it's something I'm definitely incorporating into the home.
Another little buy was this cute slogan mug, these were part of Home Bargain's Valentine's collection and really was a bargain at £1.99! I am a sucker for cute mugs and have quite the collection building!
We bought some more 'Fancy' glasses from John Lewis in the form of these frosted glasses. These will definitely be part of our 'special occasion' dinnerware.

This is what the glasses look like out of the box. The frosted glasses are definitely my favourite of the two, they are just so unusual and unique looking.

Well that's it what we have bought recently, expect plenty more of these as we get closer to moving!
Hope you enjoyed having a sneaky peak at what's on offer in the home ware department and let me know if you have any 'must have' home ware bits.


22 February 2015

New Lipstick Additions & Swatches

Just recently I have been buying a few new additions to my lipstick collection. There are two things that I like to collect make-up wise and that's lipstick and eye shadows. I love both. Lipsticks I am a bit more daring with and love a good bold lip- whereas eye shadows I'm very much a neutral gal.

I have been so impressed with the Rimmel Colour Rush Lip Crayons that I bought 3..whoops! I first picked up the red crayon, which as you can see from the packaging it has been well loved!

I was pleased with the colour pay off, It's not quite opaque but it provides a good glossy finish without being sticky, which is a major bonus! No hair stuck to your lips!

The next two I picked up are a bright pink and a brown taupe colour. I've always been a fan of pink lipstick, I think it suits my skin type and really brightens up my face.

Again the colour pay off is lovely, a bright fuchsia pink with a highly glossy finish. I think this one is probably my favourite of the three Colour Rush Lip Crayons.

The Taupe lipstick is definitely one out of my comfort zone, it's a colour that I'm unsure of and I'm not certain if it really suits me or not. However, with the colour being a blogger craze as of late- thanks to the beautiful Kylie Jenner I thought I would give it a whirl.

The colour translated slightly differently to how I would have liked, it is a very light and muted nude shade. I was hoping for more of a dark taupe colour in order to make my lips really stand out. The finish is lovely but overall I'm not that impressed with this shade. This is a shame as I love the other two. I'm mainly using this one on days where I am wearing minimal make-up and just want a slick of gloss to my lips.

Due to my disappointment in the colour of the Taupe lip crayon I decided to try a MAC offering instead, in the form of  'Cream in your Coffee' Which is definitely a dark brown taupe colour.

As you can see, the colour pay off is much darker and more the colour I had in mind when I set out to find my own Kylie Jenner inspired look. I love the glossy finish and the colour is really opaque, meaning you don't have to apply much. This is excellent in terms of value for money as you can get a lot longer life out of it than those shades which need a few applications.

So that concludes what I've been buying in the beauty department just lately! Let me know whether you find the swatches useful and whether you prefer swatches to be applied to the back of my hand, or actually on the lips themselves.


19 February 2015

Bridal Blabber | My top 5 Wedding Related Films

When I got engaged the first thing I did was go out and buy every wedding related film and magazine I could get my hands on. I was like a woman possessed, day dreaming about flowers, colour schemes, fabrics etc.

I have watched these 5 films numerous times and still love them, so I thought I would share them with you. Whether your a fellow bride to be or just love a good old rom-com there will be something for you.

So in no particular order:

1. Bridesmaids

This film keeps me laughing time and time again. It is the perfect girl's night in movie with the battle between two women over the position of being the Bride's best friend. Absolutely hilarious and quite relatable! Definitely a 10/10 wedding film.

2. Bride Wars

Another fantastic comedy film following the rivalry between two friends wanting the same exclusive wedding venue. Another very girly movie and again very relatable in an over the top dispute with wanting to have the 'perfect' day. Definitely a bridezilla element to it!

3. Made of Honour

This movie follow more a rom-com theme. What if your best friend is a man, taking a twist on your usual 'maid' of honour role and add a romantic theme and you have this film. Very watchable and again a funny film.

4. The wedding Planner

There is a much more romantic element to this wedding film, less of the funny more of the complex. It follows an ambitious Wedding Planner yet to find her own husband to be. In a tale of two star crossed lovers with plenty of complications. An easy watch and very heart-warming.

5. The accidental Husband

Another good comedy involving the shocking revelation that amid a sea of wedding plans Emma discovers she's actually already married! in a bid to get everything set straight in time for her pending marriage the search is on to find this mystery husband. Very good film, comical and exciting.

So there we have it, grab a cup of tea put your feet up and pop on one of these films on your next rainy day at home. I know I will be!

Also I had a bit of difficulty naming this series, I decided on Bridal Blabber, though I'm not sure if it will stick!


14 February 2015

Valentine's Day & Big Announcement!

Happy Valentine's Day My Lovelies, Our day started like any good day should, With a lie in. A nice long lie in, followed by the next best thing, breakfast in bed.

I got up,very briefly,to rustle up a nice healthy breakfast of fruity porridge. I love to add fruit to my porridge to make it extra sweet, strawberries, bananas and blueberries are the best.

After being especially lazy we thought it was about time we got up and exchanged gifts, now usually we don't bother with presents, however, this year is a pretty special one and we thought why not. So we treated each other to a little something. My Mr knows me all to well and I was very excited when I opened this gift.

My very own Toothless!! I love 'How to train your dragon' and I love this cute toy, it even say's I love you. The thought of him going in to Build a Bear and making this does make me giggle though!

We spent most of the day being lazy things and watching t.v, just generally enjoying each others company.

Then in the evening I decided to cook a nice meal. I went all out, set the table and everything. How romantic of me!

I rustled up some Mexican Bean Fajitas and spicy wedges for the main. Without tooting my own horn (I totally am) they were scrumptious!

For dessert we decided to go fondue style, with rich dark chocolate and lots of sweet fruit.

Yum. The rest of the night was spent cuddled up watching movies, I managed to persuade him to watch Rio 2, it was fantastic.

So maybe you have been lured here by the post title suggesting a 'big announcement', well wait no more! I am so so so excited to actually be typing this- I am getting married!!

Yep, we've been engaged for 2 years now and finally took the plunge and booked our wedding, I am actually going to be a wife in 2016. I am looking forward to a year of flowers, cake and dress shopping. Prepare yourselves for some wedding related posts!

Thank you to all of you who keep popping back to my little space, I love blogging and really appreciate it :)


12 February 2015

Valentine's Dark Chocolate & Cherry Crispies

Fancy a simple sweet treat for Valentine's day? In a last minute rush to create the perfect dessert for your romantic meal? I have the best treat for you! My Dark Chocolate & Cherry cornflake Crispies. A blend of rich dark chocolate, crispy texture and sweet juicy cherries that are bound to tantalise the taste buds- who could say no?

You Will Need:

1. Cornflakes
2. Chocolate of your choice (I went for dark)
3. Glacier Cherries
4. Heart shape cutter/mould

Step One: Break up the chocolate into a bowl. Pop in the microwave for roughly 2 minutes, stop and stir the mixture every 30 seconds until completely melted

Step Two: In a separate bowl crush up your cornflakes into smaller segments.

Step Three: Mix the cornflake bits into the chocolate gradually, ensure all of the cornflakes are covered well with the melted chocolate.

Step Four: Cut up your glacier cherries into quarters and add to the mix, stir well.

Step Five: Once the mixture is stirred well it is time to fill your love heart shape moulds.  Fill carefully in order to retain the heart shape.

 Easy Peasy! Now just leave to set for an hour or two and you will have the perfect sweet crispy treats in time for Valentine's Day! Sit back, break open the fizz and enjoy.

What are your plans this Valentine's Day?

1 February 2015

A Round Up Of January

I can't believe January is over already! It seems to have flown by in a whirlwind with so much going on the days felt like they were just an hour long. I don't think I've stopped all month!

I've decided to make this a permanent fixture, a review of each month. So that in years to come I can pop back and see what I was doing January 3 years ago, I just thought it would be a nice way to remember the big and little things I have done.

So here we go, the first instalment- January. I kicked off the year fantastically, I graduated from University, one of my proudest moments so far and the best way to kick off 2015. We celebrated with plenty of food and drink and watched the DVD over and over again. It's fair to say I made the most of it.

I managed to get a fair few blog posts up this January too, trying to keep my  new years resolutions in check. Talking about resolutions I am getting closer to one of them- buying our first house! We have been working and saving hard and actually have been approved for a mortgage! So let the house hunting commence- I'm unbelievably excited and can't stop looking at interior décor and furniture. I'm excited about silly little things like being able to lounge in the bath without anyone needing the toilet or baking new recipes in our new kitchen. I'm sure these feelings will pass after a few months but for now I'm glad to be excited and making progress in the right direction!

Another resolution that I've been happy to stick to is spending more time with my family. Me and My Dad love going on walks and have managed to make time in our busy schedules to walk the dog together. I love this resolution and really enjoy sticking to it. My family is important to me and what with me potentially moving out this year I want to cram in as much  time with them as I can.

I've also kept up with my driving lessons, which I wish I had done when I was 17. If I could turn back the clock and kick my 17 year old self who thought that it was more important to use her money to buy clothes rather than drive then I would give myself a good whack. I hate not having the freedom to travel as I wish and having a car would be so much easier. I'm determined by the end of this year to have passed. I will keep you posted.

So there we have it- my very hectic yet special January. Here's to February, let it be just as crazy and whirl wind.

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